Try Not To Screw It Up
(From August, 2012)
(All photos © NASA/ESA)
and the European Space Agency recently released some of the all-time
greatest hits of the Hubble Space Telescope. TPM has posted a slideshow
of many of these images (see it here). They're breathtaking; amazing. Stunning.
live inside of all this -- but our perspectives aren't normally wide
enough to take it all in. And the universe is, you know -- a lot to take
in. As we stumble on into what I fear will be a
Little Mitt presidency, and as the majority of Americans are forced to
"feel the pain" of Little Paul Ryan's Austerity plans so that Our Lords
and Masters can have a wonderful, comfortable life with vacations,
servants and treats. They are, as they believe, 'Masters Of The
But, not. So we should try for the larger perspective,
and keep images like these in mind -- because I'm greatly afraid that
the fix is in, Boyz 'n Girls. Herr Obama had his opportunity -- and in
his desire to play fair and become the Great Conciliator, was knocked
down and curb-stomped by the Rethugs because that's all they understand
or know how to do -- that, and buying or fixing elections. And my sense
is they're about to do just that.
But even if that's not what
comes to pass, and Obama manages to hold on by his fingerprints -- the
perspective is the same. The Universe doesn't recognize election cycles
or nationalism or religious bigotry and violence. It simply exists, and
it's very beautiful.
All the swirls and blobs of light in the exposure above are individual galaxies. Whole galaxies. Hopefully
on at least one of them, there are life forms who have determined how
to live without doing as relatively poor a job as we've done in the past
50,000 years, and particularly in the past 5,000.
MEHR: Saturday, August 25th; It was just announced on The New York Times online edition half an hour ago that Neil Armstrong, first human being to set foot on the surface of Earth's moon, passed away at age 92.
The Great Curmudgeon says, I'm so old that I can remember watching
Armstrong do it, on a black-and-white television in the long-ago,
Tricky-Dick, Vietnam war, rock-and-roll summer of 1969.
Now he knows what we do not. Sail on, Neil.